It is sometimes difficult to find a nonfiction book that is not infused with the opinion of the author on every page or composed of a string of statistics and lectures without a clear message. Everyday Sexism is one of the rare nonfiction books that sings the message loud and clear in a way that is both graceful and eye opening. Thank you Laura Bates for writing a book about sexism that is simple in its message yet profound in its conclusion. The Everyday Sexism project has truly started a movement towards openness in experiences of sexism and the book builds upon the project in a way that makes the movement accessible to all. The author is also a good narrator, which made this book a great listen.
Review: everyone needs to read this book now! I knew I was looking forward to reading this book but I seriously don't know why I left it so long! I have been aware of the project and the Twitter feed for the project for some time and I had seen this author doing various bookshop tours and appearances on TV but I really wish I had read this book sooner just so I could've been pushing it on people sooner as well.
I struggle to say that i liked this book because I did like it, I enjoyed reading it and hearing all the stories and statistics and found it hugely interesting but I don't like the content of the book. This isn't because it isn't well put together or because it isn't a fabulous read which everyone should buy or at the very least add t their wishlists right now, but its because I find it very sad the amount of sexism that people tolerate, irnore or are completely unaware of. So I love the book and loved reading it but I don't like the fact that it had to be written.
The structure of this books makes for a very easy read. Each chapter has a theme and that theme is explored through entries to the Everyday Sexism projects, statistics and analysis by Laura Bastes. Its the perfect formula and means that every aspect of that particular chapter is explored thoroughly. The Author's voice is strong but not judgmental. It must have been incredibly hard to pull this off without making tons and tons of judgments and coming across as very one-sided when it comes to sexism but this book explores all aspects of sexism including sexism combined with other kinds of prejudice and discrimination and the sexism that men face and the way they feel about sexism directed towards females.
The thing that stuck with me the most having read this book is the aspirations of young people, especially girls and the sexism they face when deciding what they want to do with their lives. As a teacher, I now feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to ensure that the young people I come into contact with realise that they can to anything that they want to do and that they should make it happen!
This book should definitely not be confined to the female audience or to those who would consider themselves a feminist. It is such a brilliant read because of how informative it is and once read, you will definitely feel fired up! If you haven't already done so, this book needs to be added to your basket or at the very least your wish list because it is one of the most important books you will read this year!
Everyday Sexism finds space for chapters called “What about the men?”, highlighting the damage sexism does to men’s self-image and psyche, and “Double discrimination”, which considers the compound prejudices against women who are overweight, from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, LGBT, physically disabled or ill, or just older than, say, forty. But the overall thrust of the book is to show men as a problem, and their attitudes as retrograde and repugnant.
The Everyday Sexism project has been taken to 17 other countries already, including some – Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Russia – where sexism is even more entrenched and extreme than in the UK.